It's almost time to celebrate the most fashionable women and men in Dallas in high style. On October 26, we will honor the six finalists at the fourth annual CultureMap Stylemaker Awards reveal party at Tootsies, and we hope you'll join us.
But, what do you wear to such a fashion-forward fete? Here are some details about the party to help you plan.
Themed "Defining Decades of Style," the party will celebrate style icons of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s — Twiggy, Cher, Prince, and Kate Moss. Party-goers are encouraged to dress for whichever of those decades speaks to their soul. Think Bond Girl fierce, rock 'n' roll rad, Madonna fabulous, Carrie Bradshaw chic, or Clueless cute. (It is not a Halloween costume party, however, so please leave your Austin Powers-replica Mr. Bigglesworth doll at home.)
Then come ready to walk the red carpet, sip signature cocktails, belly up to a cosmetics bar, mug for a photo booth, and more. Without revealing too many panache party details, here are a few highlights we can tease:
Eats and drinks: Plaza restaurants will pass out tasty bites and noshes, while four different bars, "dressed" with each of the four style icons, will mix signature cocktails from each decade. Whether you're into Mad Men-era dirty martinis or fizzy '90s champagne cocktails, you won't go thirsty.
Benefit Cosmetics Bar: Try out makeup trends that correspond with the decades; for example, bold wings and mascara from the '60s or shimmery eye shadow and nude lips from the '90s.
Smilebooth Photos: At this cool photo booth, guests will take photos and animated GIFs with different filters for each decade and share them via social media or print out their photo strips as keepsakes.
The Truth Booth: Think you're chic? We'll tell you the truth in this fun interactive experience. Get ready to take your wardrobe to the next level.
Swoozies and Partners Card: Swoozies will set up a pop-up shop full of fun gifts, themed home decor, stationery, and more. They also will provide an incentive for anyone who purchases a Partners Card that evening. Proceeds from the reveal party will benefit The Family Place's Partners Card program.
Tootsies Iconic Fashions: The retail host for the evening will outfit four mannequins to represent one look from each decade.
Memorable music: DJ Blake Ward will spin the hottest tunes through the decades ... The Police, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, The Cure, Ace of Base, No Doubt, and yes, The Spice Girls will be part of the dance party.
The main event: It all culminates with our Stylemakers finalists' style challenge. They will create full looks with clothing and accessories pulled from retailers at The Plaza, our Stylemaker Awards partner. The looks will be evaluated by our panel of five fabulous judges: fashion designer Nardos Imam, reality TV personality and entrepreneur Catherine Lowe, philanthropist and executive Lynn McBee, celebrity stylist J. Bolin, and 2016 Stylemaker Awards readers' choice winner Chris Hite.
Party-goers will get the chance to mingle with the judges and finalists throughout the night. Read more about the finalists here. The readers' choice winner will be crowned at the party, along with the judges' choice for ultimate Stylemaker.